Alabama Music Teachers Association
Affiliated with Music Teachers National Association

State Conference

Auburn University - June 1-3, 2017

AMTA 2017 Conference Schedule

 Thursday, June 1

 8:30 – 4:00                  Registration

 9:00 – 10:15                Opening Ceremony:  Alabama MTNA Winners – Recital Hall

 10:30 – 12:00              Catherine Rollin: The Magic of Imagery - In this session Catherine will demonstrate how we can spark the imagination of our students and help lead them to convincing and magical performances. Catherine will explore many diverse ideas such as   art, dance, vocal and instrumental imagery.  Using   many examples from her own music (including her “Museum Masterpieces”) as well as incorporating music of Chopin, Mozart and Debussy, Catherine will give teachers many colorful ideas to inspire their students. – Stephenson Hall

 12:00 -                         Exhibits Open – Band Hall

12:00 – 1:00                Lunch Break / District Chairs Lunch Meeting

12:45 – 1:15                Collegiate Poster Presentation & Judging – Band Hall

 1:15 – 2:45                  Division III Winners’ Recital; ASRA winner will be chosen by Antoinette Perry – Recital Hall

3:00 – 4:30                  Catherine Rollin: Technique and Artistry - the inseparable duet - in this session Catherine will demonstrate several specific technical skills that will help our students play with greater control, more beauty of phrasing and tone and relaxed physicality.   She will then analyze how to incorportate these skills into effective practice that will result in confident performances.  She will demonstrate how to apply these insights to “war horses” of piano literature including Chopin: Fantasy Impromptu op. 66, Ballade in G minor, Clementi Sonatina op. 36., no. 1, Burgmuller Arabesque and Debussy:  Dr. Gradus ad Parnassus, Mozart: Fantasy in D Minor K. 397. – Stephenson Hall

3:30 – 4:30                  Guy Harrison: String Track Professional Development Session: The State of String Playing in Alabama - This session aims to establish a dialogue between string teachers in order to discuss the current state of string playing in Alabama. Dr. Harrison will discuss his efforts in building both community-based string programs and his own studio in the Auburn area, and will also talk about efforts the Alabama Orchestra Association is engaged in to help grow string programs in the state. There will also be an opportunity for participants to share their own current endeavors and to discuss possibly collaborations between studios and other organizations, any outreach efforts they might be involved with, as well as ideas that relate to the expansion of not only private studio instruction but also community- and school-based ensemble instruction in the state of Alabama – Goodwin 227

 5:00 – 6:00                  Happy Hour Open Bar with Background Music!! – ALFA Pavilion “Red Barn”

                                                (620 A South Donahue Drive) (three blocks from Goodwin Hall)

 6:00 – 7:30                  Banquet – ALFA Pavilion “Red Barn” (*Business Meeting will take place at beginning of Banquet.)

 8:00                             Members’ Recital – Recital Hall


Friday, June 2

8:00 – 4:00                  Registration

8:00 – 8:30                  Guest Clinician Reception “Breakfast Goodies and Conversation with Catherine Rollin – Band Hall

 8:30 – 9:30                  Catherine Rollin: Division I & II Masterclass – Stephenson Hall

 10:00 – 11:15              Catherine Rollin: Division III Masterclass – Stephenson Hall

 10:30 – 12:00              Guy Harrison: Strings Masterclass – Goodwin 227

 12:00 – 1:00                Lunch Break / Local Association Presidents, Collegiate, New Members Luncheon

 1:15 – 2:00                  Collegiate Concerto Winners Recital – Goodwin 112

 2:15 – 3:15                  Tatiana Kasman: “Russian Repertoire for the Intermediate Level Student: Tchaikovsky and More…”  When we say "Russian music", the first name that comes to our mind is Peter Tchaikovsky. His genius set the highest standards for both his peers as well as all following generations of Russian composers. He left his "print" in many of the most important genres of classical music, including, of course, piano music. He played a huge role in popularizing piano among music lovers of all ages and professional levels. During our presentation we will focus on some of the multiple works written for pianists of intermediate level. Also, we will trace Tchaikovsky's influence into the works of some other Russian composers of different generations.  -  Stephenson Hall

 3:30 – 5:00                  Concerto Winners Recital: Division I, II, & III -  Goodwin 112

 7:30                             Antoinette Perry – Guest Artist Recital – Goodwin Recital Hall  -  Reception to follow – Upstairs Breezeway


Saturday, June 3

8:00 – 3:00                  Registration

 8:15 – 9:00                  Collegiate Member Presentation - Casey Rickles & Andrea Tiffany UAH Collegiate Chapter Members: Effectively Utilizing Technology in Lessons, Version 2.1  – Goodwin 227

9:00 – 10:00                Steven DiBlasi: Member Presentation

Musical Consilience: How Analogical Reasoning Can Enrich Your Studio     

Consilience is the notion that overlapping fields of study could lead towards a unified theory of knowledge. Albeit grandiose, the nobility of such a sentiment can certainly whet one’s curiosity. This presentation hopes to outline how such a theory could be realized in a music studio or department. It will draw on analogies and principles from mathematics, physics, and literature for examples on how each discipline defines or approaches a topic that overlaps with musical tenets. After some initial investigation, the presentation hopes to expose the myriad of alternative avenues left to explore in interdisciplinary endeavors. Dr. DiBlasi’s interest in the topic has grown from a series of lecture recitals, literary salons, and personal research. It is also the basis for the topical approach to music appreciation that he teaches at Snead State Community College. – Stephenson Hall

10:15 – 12:00              Antoinette Perry: Collegiate Masterclass – Goodwin Recital Hall

12:00                           Lunch Break / Past President’s Luncheon

1:30                             Division I Winners’ Recital – Goodwin Recital Hall

3:00                             Division II Winners’ Recital – Goodwin Recital Hall





 Guest Clinician: Catherine Rollin

Pianist, composer, clinician, and teacher of prize winning students. 
Detroit, MI


Catherine Rollin is an active pianist, composer, clinician, author and teacher of prize- winning students. Her pedagogical compositions are recognized worldwide for their combination of musicality and “ teachability”. She has over 400 pieces published with Alfred Publishing Company  and her music is also available in Japan through Zenon Publishing and in Taiwan through Continental Publishing. Her music is currently featured on many lists including the National Federation of Music Clubs(NFMC) bulletin where they are featured  in the solo, duet, one hand, concerto and patriotic categories. Several of her pieces are also included in the newest Royal Academy of Music Syllabus.  Catherine has also received numerous commissions  including those from the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and Clavier Magazine.  She is also  co author of the 2011 edition of  the highly regarded college text: Creative Piano Teaching

In demand as a clinician and masterclass presenter, Catherine has given over 250 workshops in  the  U.S., Canada, Japan and Taiwan. Among the many topics that Catherine has covered in her workshops are technique and artistry. Catherine’s groundbreaking ideas on the development of physical awareness that leads to greater musical expression  are at the core of her 9 book series: Pathways to Artistry.  This series has impacted teachers in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan and Taiwan with translations  available in Japanese and Mandarin.  Catherine has also been in demand for workshops that cover style including those on Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist and Jazz styling. Additionally, Catherine has  done over 100  master classes in U.S. , Canada and Asia.

Students of Catherine’s have won state, regional, national and international awards. Most recently in 2016, students of Catherine’s were national finalists and 3rd place winners in the MTNA duet competition,  regional first place winner of the NFMC’s Stillman Kelly competition and  first prize winner of the International Salzburg Grand Prize Virtuoso.  Catherine is certified by the Michigan Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National  Association.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Catherine received her pre-college training with Mischa Kottler, himself a disciple of Cortot and von Sauer, the latter a pupil of Liszt. Rollin holds the BMA degree with distinction from University of Michigan and the MM from Oakland University. In 2002, Oakland University distinguished Ms. Rollin with its 2002 Alumni Arts Achievement Award.

The greatest reward for Catherine is when  her music compositions or her work as a teacher helps develop musicians who have a life long love of music whether as professionals or hobbyists. 

Guest Artist: Antoinette Perry

Assistant Professor of Practice in Keyboard Studies at University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, Los Angeles, CA


Antoinette Perry, born to professional musicians, gave her first public performance at the age of four. Since then, she has appeared throughout the U.S., Europe and China as a soloist and chamber musician, collaborating with many of the world’s greatest artists, including John Perry, Leon Fleisher, Ralph Kirshbaum, Ronald Leonard, Brooks Smith, David Shifrin, Gabor Rejto, Henri Temianka, Joaquin Valdepenas, Carol Wincenc, Froydis ReeWekre and actors Michael York and Walter Matthau. She has performed with members of the American, Chicago, Cleveland, Emerson, Juilliard, Los Angeles, Paganini, Sequoia, and Takacs String Quartets, and also with concertmasters and/or principals of the L.A., New York, Rotterdam and the Hague Philharmonics, the Concertgebau, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Gulbenkian and Zurich Tonhalle Orchestras, the Chicago, St. Louis, Toronto, and San Francisco Symphonies, and the L.A. and Orpheus Chamber Orchestras. Currently she is touring with Benjamin Hudson, former concertmaster of the Stuttgart Chamber orchestra (the Hudson/Perry duo).

          Having participated in festivals in Germany, China and throughout America, Ms. Perry has been heard often on NPR’s Performance Today, the Bravo! Channel, and Continental Airlines’ In-Flight Programming.  Artist-faculty Emeritus at the Aspen Music School, she performed in over 100 festival concerts during  her 25-year tenure there.  She has recorded for Crystal Records, Harmonie, Pacific Rainbow, Pacific Serenades, Excelsior (Sam Goody) and Navona.

          “Le Dauphine Libere” has lauded her “irreproachable technique” and “a musical comprehension which could only belong to one of the Greats”.  Germaine Vadi of “Les Affiches de Grenoble et du Dauphine” wrote:  “One felt himself to be in the presence of a great pianist---an absolute art of nuance, her subtle touch, and finally her perfect musical understanding, which permits her to assimilate the music of all cultures.”